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    14 Things That You Didn't Know About Celiac Disease

    Because celiac disease is NOT a fad

    1. Celiac Disease is an Autoimmune Disease


    That's right. Celiac disease is not an allergy and it is also not a fad. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease (examples of other autoimmune diseases are: type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis).

    2. There Are Over 300 Known Symptoms of Celiac Disease


    Celiac disease can be difficult to diagnose because it affects people differently. In fact, some people with celiac disease have no symptoms at all.

    3. Digestive Symptoms Are NOT the Only Symptoms of Celiac Disease


    Celiac disease symptoms also include: unexplained iron deficiency anemia, fatigue, bone or joint pain, seizures or migraines, depression, osteoporosis, and an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis.

    4. More People Have Celiac Disease Than Crohns, Colitis, and Cystic Fibrosis Combined


    1 in 100 worldwide, or 3 million Americans have celiac disease.

    5. Celiac Disease is Hereditary


    People with a first-degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risk of developing celiac disease.

    6. Left Untreated, Celiac Disease Can Lead to Additional Serious Health Problems


    These include the development of other autoimmune disorders, including: Type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS), osteoporosis, and gastrointestinal cancers.

    7. Many People with Celiac Disease Report Having "Brain Fog"


    Brain fog is a form of cognitive impairment that can encompass disorientation, problems with staying focused and paying attention, and lapses in short-term memory.

    8. 83% of Americans with Celiac Disease Are Still Suffering Without a Diagnosis


    With an estimated 3 million people in the U.S. affected by celiac disease, and less than 500,000 diagnosed, there is a critical need to raise awareness and funds for diagnosis, treatment, and research for a cure.

    9. The Later the Age of Diagnosis, the Greater the Chance of Developing Another Autoimmune Disorder

    10. It is Estimated That Up to 20% of People Diagnosed With Celiac Disease Have Persistent Symptoms While on a Gluten-Free Diet


    There are several causes of poorly responsive celiac disease, including Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and Pancreatic Insufficiency.

    11. Consuming the Smallest Amount of Gluten Can Make a Person With Celiac Disease Very Ill


    Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together.

    12. Commonly, People With Celiac Disease Experience Several Nutritional Deficiencies


    Common deficiencies among celiac disease patients include: iron, calcium, vitamin D, zinc, B6, B12, and folate.

    13. 15-25% of People With Celiac Disease Are Also Affected by Dermatitis Herpetiformis


    Dermatitis herpetiformis, also known as DH and Duhring's disease, is the skin manifestation of celiac disease. Extremely itchy bumps or blisters appear on both side of the body, most often on the forearms near the elbows, as well as on knees and buttocks.

    14. Celiac Disease Foundation Drives Diagnosis and Treatment of Celiac Disease Through Advocacy, Education, and Advancing Research to Improve the Quality of Life for All People Affected by Gluten-Related Disorders


    Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) is a 501 (c )(3) non-profit organization established in 1990. With vital programs and services for the public, patients, healthcare professionals, and the food industries, CDF meets the growing public health challenge of diagnosing and treating celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders.

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